Recycling has been shown to be one of the changes in human behavior that is likely to save the planet. When materials such as metal are recycled, it means that there will be less contamination of the environment from scrap metal, and that there will be less need to do mining in order to get […]

Recycling has been shown to be one of the changes in human behavior that is likely to save the planet. When materials such as metal are recycled, it means that there will be less contamination of the environment from scrap metal, and that there will be less need to do mining in order to get metal needed for everyday industrial use.
metal recycling
Today, there are many people who are focusing on the use of recycled materials such as metals. For instance, some car manufacturers focus on only using recycled metal to build their cars as part of their corporate social responsibility. If you are interested in making some money and also contributing towards saving the environment, you could start a recycling plant where collected metal is melted down and converted into a raw material for other purposes. To do this, you will need to focus on a few important things, including:

Making sure that the furnaces will be up to the job
In such a setting, the furnaces will be the heart of the business, since they are the main points at which the smelting is done. When constructing a recycling plant, it would be wise to focus on the little details regarding the furnaces to ensure that once they are installed, they will work as expected and last long. For instance, the fasteners used for the construction would need to be in the form of Nitronic 50 bolts or Inconel Hex head cap screws. These are alloys that are designed to be able to withstand a lot of heat, so they would work well in such an environment. Though they might be more expensive than ordinary fasteners, the fact that they last longer and are more reliable under these conditions makes them have good value for money.

 
Automating the system
You might be interested in automating the system for the purposes of efficiency and safety. Once again, the quality of the fasteners used here might be very important. For instance, if you need to use robotic arms to dump the metal into the furnaces, it would be wise to make sure that the robotic arms are put together using fasteners that can withstand a lot of weight. This ensures that the risk of breakdowns will be minimal.
Safety issues
A smelting furnace is a huge potential hazard, and any accidents that occur within the facility have a high likelihood of being fatal. Some of the things you might need to do to mitigate this include making sure that all the equipment is inspected on a regular basis to make sure that it’s in good condition. If you have to make replacements such as changing some of the bolts and nuts, never compromise on the quality of the new ones you decide to use. You should also have a plan on what is likely to happen in case of such an accident. For instance, it should be possible to shut the system down instantly in case this is needed. You may also need to take your staff through several safety training courses.

About the Author

Larry Melone
By Larry Melone
President

Started my career in the fastener world in 1969 at, Parker Kalon Corp. a NJ based screw manufacturer located in Clifton, NJ working in inventory control, scheduling secondary production and concluding there in purchasing. In 1971 I accepted a sales position at Star Stainless Screw Co., Totowa, NJ working in inside sales and later as an outside salesman, having a successful career at Star I had the desire with a friend to start our own fastener distribution company in 1980 named: Divspec, Kenilworth, NJ. This was a successful adventure but ended in 1985 with me starting Melfast in August 1985 and have stayed competitive and successful to date. Melfast serves the OEM market with approximately 400 accounts nationally.

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